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Frank Bank, who starred on the 1957-1963 series Leave It to Beaver, died over the weekend, one day after turning 71. No cause of death was reported.

Beaver star Jerry Mathers, now 64, posted to his Facebook page:

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"I was so sad to hear today of the passing of my dear friend and business associate Frank Bank. He was a character and always kept us laughing."

"My deepest condolences to Frank's family."

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Deftones bass guitarist Chi Cheng died Sunday morning.

Five years after a tragic car crash left him in a coma, his mother took to the Internet to announce that her son had passed away at the age of 42.


"This is the hardest thing to write to you," said Mom J, the name she used with fans, said. "Your love, heart and devotion to Chi was unconditional and amazing."

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The entertainment world has lost a legend in Jonathan Winters, a veteran actor and comic who passed away at the age of 87, according to his website.

Longtime family friend Joe Petro III says Winters, who inspired so many comedians, died Thursday night at his Montecito, Calif., home of natural causes.

A note on his website adds, "Rest in Peace, Mr. Winters."


Winters' career began when he won a talent contest in Ohio, which led to radio gigs and appearances at comedy clubs, along with comedy albums.

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Chelone Miller, the brother of Olympic Gold Medal skiier Bode Miller, died on April 7 of a seizure. He was 29 years old.

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The sad news was announced today, as U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association President Bill Marolt confirmed the passing was a result of a motorcycle accident in 2005 that left Chelone in a coma for 11 days.

“Chelone Miller was an aspiring elite athlete who had made great progress as a snowboardcross rider this past season,” Marolt said in a statement. “We are all deeply saddened at the news of his death and extend our condolences to the entire Miller family.”

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Margaret Thatcher, the British Prime Minister who governed the kingdom from 1979-1990 and was known as The Iron Lady, died this morning at the age of 87.

Her son, Sir Mark, and daughter Carol confirmed Thatcher's passing.

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Lord Bell, her longtime spokesman, said this morning:

"It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning."

Thatcher will go down in history not only as Britain's first female prime minister, but as the woman who transformed Britain economically and internationally.

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Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau, the iconic fashion designer of the brand that featured her name, died in Palm Beach, Fla., today, according to her company's Facebook page.

She was 81 years old.


"Lilly has been a true inspiration to us and we will miss her," a statement said. "In the days and weeks ahead we will celebrate all that Lilly meant to us."

The company added of its founder: "Lilly was a true original who has brought together generations through her bright and happy mark on the world."

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Rick Warren, the well-known pastor at Saddleback Valley Community Church, relayed a tragic  message to his congregation tonight:

His youngest son Matthew committed suicide on Friday at the age of 27, killing himself via self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Warren passed along the sad news this evening at his church in Lake Forest, California.

"Matthew was an incredibly kind, gentle and compassionate young man whose sweet spirit was encouragement and comfort to many," the church said in a statement. "Unfortunately, he also suffered from mental illness resulting in deep depression and suicidal thoughts.”

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Roger Ebert, a movie critic whose sharp wit and depth of knowledge delighted millions of readers and viewers, has died of cancer at the age of 70.

Ebert, who reviewed films for the Chicago Sun-Times for 46 years and on TV for 31 years, was America’s most prominent and influential critic.

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He had been in poor health for years, battling cancers of the thyroid and salivary gland. He lost part of his lower jaw in 2006, and with it the ability to speak or eat.

That calamity that would have driven other men from the public eye, but Ebert refused to hide, instead forging what became a new chapter in his career.

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